Building Habits a Day at a Time
Today I started habit tracking as a part of preparing myself for training to run the Boston Virtual Marathon. Nutrition is a key part of a successful training season so I am focused on tracking my Macronutrients and Calories. My plan is to eat a low fat diet that is rich in quality carbohydrates and lean protein with a 40% protein, 40% carb and 20% fat split and 1439 calories. I will eat a bit more on long run days and listen to hunger cues to determine need for fuel. Hydration is also important so I am focused now on 80 ounces a day of water and up to 100 ounces on long run day. My official training plan start on May 24th. Today I am actually tapering for the Green Bay Virtual Marathon which is on my birthday, May 15th. I will use this marathon as a baseline to determine my time goal for Boston.
I am super excited that my virtual friend Mary B is joining me on the Boston Virtual Marathon quest. It is going to be so fun to be able to share stories. Mary is an amazing mother and grandmother who is also passionate about running. Her plan is to start her actual marathon training on June 20th. The plan is to run 3 days a week (tempo, speed, long run), bike 2 to 3 times a week with one of those days being immediately after her long run, walking on her non running days, tracking nutrition, trying to keep her sugar under control, and to continue jumping rope, strength training and squeezing in more yoga.
Between now and then I'm trying to build a solid base and running a 10k on June 19th so I know what goal to set for my actual marathon time. I will be running my marathon around my hometown. It's not super hilly but it's not totally flat either. I'm debating whether I'm going to pick a loop to run or a long out and back. I guess I will decide on that once it gets closer.
We are going to have a great time on this journey together and I hope you all enjoy reading about our adventures. #BeBostonStrong
Coach Lisa :)